Michael Yassa, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Neurobiology 
University of California, Irvine
M.A. Psychological and Brain Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
B.A. Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University

Ph: (949) 824-1687  |  Email:  |  Office: 309 QRL


Manuella Yassa, B.A.
Director of Outreach and Education

B.A. Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University

Manuella was born in Brazil and raised in the Bay Area. She completed undergraduate studies in neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University, followed by advanced training at JHU’s School of Education. She then  worked as a middle school science teacher in Baltimore’s impoverished inner city public school system. This experience was a major influence that motivated Manuella to take on the role of leading the CNLM’s outreach and education programs.

Ph: (949) 824-5193  |  Email:  |  Office: 309 QRL

Undergraduate Assistants

Lena Nguyen
Lena is a third year undergraduate in the school of Biological Sciences. She is currently involved in research with Prof. John Guzowski investigating the impact of neuroinflammation on the neurobiological pathways that support memory. She is active in the Tennis Club and is involved with the Medical, Educational Missions and Outreach (M.E.M.O.) club, which is a student-run, non-profit organization that serves the underprivileged in their medical and educational needs.


Michael Gomez
Michael was raised in Guatemala and transferred to UCI in the fall of 2016 after attendeding  El Camino Community College in the city of Torrance. As a biological sciences major he is interested in pursuing a career in understanding the brain, a path of insatiable curiosity for him. Michael enjoys reading, dance, nature, sports, and conversations. He teaches Latin Dance, directs a beach exercise group, and tutors Spanish and science. Michael is excited to be part of the CNLM team, especially its outreach and education efforts.


CNLM Ambassadors

The CNLM Ambassadors are a group of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research staff and community members who are passionate about brain awareness, education and outreach. The group engages in brain awareness activities both on the UC Irvine campus and in K-12 schools, community centers and senior centers in Orange County and Southern California. Click here to learn more about the CNLM Ambassadors Program.

Faculty Fellows

The 72 Faculty Fellows of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory make up the core of the Center. Our Fellows have appointments in a wide range of departments in including Neurobiology and Behavior, Engineering, Psychology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Cognitive Sciences, Anatomy and Neurobiology and Pharmacology because they tackle the study of the neurobiology of learning and memory from different angles, using different tools. To learn more about the Faculty Fellows of the CNLM, please click here.